15 03, 2018

Making progress on sustainable development, four least developed countries tapped to graduate from ranks of poorest

2018-03-15T20:08:19+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Economic growth, Education, Health, News, Press material|

With increasing national earning power as well as access to better health care and education, four countries—Bhutan, Kiribati, São Tomé and Principe and Solomon Islands—will be recommended for graduation from the least developed country (LDC) category, the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) announced today.

9 03, 2018

New UN health agency regulation guidelines aim to help countries end ‘reign’ of tobacco industry

2018-03-12T15:08:42+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Health, News|

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday launched new guidelines on the role that tobacco product regulations can play in saving lives by reducing the demand for tobacco and tobacco products – estimated to kill over seven million people annually.

20 02, 2018

Rohingya refugees face immense health needs; UN scales up support ahead of monsoon season

2018-02-20T21:43:43+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Health, News|

Critical health services must be scaled up for nearly 1.3 million people – Rohingyas and their surrounding host communities – in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, where vulnerable populations in crowded settlements and ‘mega camps’ are at risk of a host of waterborne diseases, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned Tuesday.

16 02, 2018

New UN high-profile panel set to take on noncommunicable diseases, cause of seven in 10 deaths globally

2018-02-19T16:36:20+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Health, News|

Bold, innovative solutions are now on the table to accelerate the prevention and control of deadly noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – such as heart and lung disease, cancers and diabetes – as a new United Nations health agency high-level commission gets set to begin its work. “NCDs are the world’s leading avoidable killers, but the world is [...]

9 02, 2018

New Bollywood film about rural innovator spotlights menstrual health, women’s rights

2018-02-09T15:47:57+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Education, Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, News|

Pad Man is inspired by a rural welder in southern India, Arunachalam Muruganantham, who devoted 20 years of his life to creating a machine which made low-cost sanitary pads. He was inspired to create an inexpensive pad after seeing his wife use rags during her monthly cycle, just like 88 per cent of the females in India who do not have access to sanitary products.

1 02, 2018

South-East Asia region aims to close immunity gap, wipe out measles by 2020 – UN health agency

2018-02-01T16:38:51+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Health, News|

The so-called ‘big six’ countries in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia region are meeting today in New Delhi on an accelerated strategy to wipe out measles and rubella in the next three years by targeting as many as 500 million children with vaccines.

29 01, 2018

UN health agency finds high levels of antibiotic resistance to world’s most common infections

2018-01-29T22:39:03+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Health, News|

Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting new surveillance data on Monday which reveals widespread resistance to some of the world’s most common infections, including E. coli and pneumonia.

15 01, 2018

Bangladesh: UN agencies working to vaccinate half a million children against diphtheria

2018-01-15T16:12:43+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Health, News|

As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, United Nations agencies are working to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar.

10 01, 2018

Taking on environmental health risks, UN agencies aim to protect ‘foundations for life’ on Earth

2018-01-10T21:18:53+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Health, News|

Two United Nations agencies are teaming up in a major new initiative taking on the herculean task of combatting environmental health risks, which claim an estimated 12.6 million lives a year.

3 01, 2018

UN agency’s mobile reproductive health teams reach women in besieged area of Aleppo

2018-01-03T22:29:05+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, News|

The United Nations reproductive rights agency has reached the Sheikh Maqsoud area of Aleppo, where thousands of women have been cut off from medical care for years.